We recently spoke with Maskim Rogov, president of Nullriver Software. His development team created the software -- Installer.app -- that represents a tipping point of sorts for native, binary applications that run on the iPhone. The program installs itself on iPhones via a graphical Mac OS X program that deprecates previously necessary, multi-step Terminal routines. It can then find, install, uninstall, and update native iPhone applications from the device itself over a Wi-Fi or EDGE connection: a veritable sea change that made third-party iPhone binaries feasible for the userbase at large. [See our guide for Installer.app usage instructions] … Read more
Ambrosia Software has released iToner, a Mac OS X tool that allows you to transfer custom ringtones for your iPhone - without modifying, hacking or having to reset your iPhone. You drag and drop MP3 or AAC audio files on iToner's window, click the Sync button, and the items are automatically moved into the iPhone's ringtones section. Ambrosia says the ringtones will continue to work with future iPhone OS updates.
We've been playing with beta editions of the software for the past several days, and are generally impressed with its functionality -- basically it's a simple … Read more
Today a beautiful little present appeared in Installer.app (the best method for finding and installing native iPhone applications): a Dock for the iPhone. Dubbed, appropriately "Dock," the modification swaps the bottom four icons on the iPhone's "SpringBoard (the home screen) for an application launcher that can be slid back and forth to reveal a much deeper repetoire of applications. To install Dock, use our guide for Installer.app, then choose to install "Dock" from the "System" category. You might need to update Installer.app before it will appear.
Of course, other … Read more
Add this to the still small but burgeoning group of useful, native iPhone applications. One frequently lamented iPhone omission is the inability to synchronize media with two separate computers, containing two separate iTunes libraries. If you already have iTunes media (music, video) synchronized from one computer, hooking the iPhone up to another computer will only give you the option to overwrite all existing media with what's stored on that system.
SwapTunes is a small binary that, when run, simply creates and switches to a new iTunes library on the iPhone itself. This new library can be synchronized with a … Read more
Beginning to fulfill one of the most glaring voids left by Apple, user "Arminius2" has debuted a native application AOL instant messaging client for the iPhone dubbed ApolloIM. The application is listed and can be installed through Installer.app (see our Applications page for information in installing an using Installer.app), or can be manually downloaded and put on the iPhone using our 5-step process.
Once the application is installed, the process for setting up an AOL account for login purposes is fairly straightforward. The interface movements, login process, and other functions are all significantly quicker than any … Read more
The baseball pennant race is closing in and football is about to start, so what could be better than up-to-the minute info on your favorite sports team on your iPhone?
Fumbleview is an iPhone application that keeps real-time track of your NFL team's games as they fight through the season. You will see up-to-the-minute plays, and all you have to do is pick your team from the drop-down list to get in on the action. With the football season only a couple of weeks away, this one will be a hit.
Pickleview is a similar application that covers Major … Read more
Marketcircle has released a new version of its Mac OS X application that simulates the size of the iPhone's screen, offering a built-in WebKit-based browser. Dubbed "iPhoney," (the new release is version 1.2) the application can simulate the iPhone user agent, rotate to display pages vertically or horizontally, and show or hide the location bar. You can zoom out to see how your current pages might look while zoomed out on iPhone, and turn off plug-ins (including Flash).
Sites are rendered in a 320 by 480-pixel (vertical) or 480 by 320-pixel (horizontal) window, with a stylized … Read more
We previously reported on the Installer.app single-command installer, which makes it possible to put an application on the iPhone that in turn installs other third-party applications directly from the device with a single script launched by the Mac OS X terminal.
There's now an actual Mac OS X application with a GUI that performs the same function, meaning interaction with the Terminal is no longer necessary to get third-party applications installed and running on the iPhone. Dubbed "AppTappInstaller," the program allows the user to choose which version of the iPhone firmware they are running (1.0. … Read more
Phill Ryu, one of my favorite Mac bloggers--and also a developer of fine Mac software--recently came up with five applications he'd like to see on the iPhone. There are already a ton of applications available for iPhone, many of which you can find at our iPhone Approll (a lot of the applications were reviewed by yours truly!). But if you're an iPhone owner, I would bet at least one of Phill's ideas has probably crossed your mind. I think my favorite of the fantasy applications is a fully functional iTunes Store for iPhone.… Read more
Last week we published a tutorial that explained a method for moving third-party iPhone application binaries from your Mac to your iPhone -- a 5-step process that involves a number of Terminal commands and requires several pieces of software. Thanks to the efforts of some hard working hackers, there is now an iPhone application that will download and install other applications directly from/on the device itself.
We put the application -- appropriately enough, dubbed Installer.app -- on an in-house phone using our previously published method (if your iPhone is already set up using our tutorial, all you need … Read more